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Nature Study: Abbott’s Sphinx Caterpillar

We found this Abbott’s Sphinx caterpillar on a grapevine, which was no surprise since they like grape leaves.  It was actually rather creepy.  The caterpillar has a fake eye on its rear, which is shaped like a snake’s head.  When touched, the caterpillar hisses and raises its rear so that it looks like a striking snake.  Kind of scary!

Here is the caterpillar with its back end raised:

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And here you can see its front end a little better:

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This one’s a little blurry:

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These, we think, are a baby Abbott’s Sphinx caterpillar that drowned before fully developing:

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Here is a link to more closeups of the Abbott’s Sphinx caterpillar: http://somethingscrawlinginmyhair.com/2009/08/14/abbotts-sphinx-caterpillar/

This link shows some of the different colors these caterpillars can be, as well as the moths they turn into: http://bugguide.net/node/view/4592/bgimage

And here is someone’s creative poem about the Abbott’s Sphinx, with pictures: http://lifeontheleafedge.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/abbotts-sphinx-poem/

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